Daniel Simmons-Ritchie is an investigative data reporter for Spotlight PA.

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Pa. State Police resume tracking racial data during traffic stops in response to Spotlight PA report

The data is critical to detecting potential racial profiling, but the agency had quietly stopped collecting it in 2012.

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Some local Pa. judges enjoy light workloads as taxpayers pay millions for salaries, pensions, health care

A yearlong investigation by PennLive and Spotlight PA found huge variations in how much time each judge spends in the courtroom. Many also work second jobs as lawyers, business owners.

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Piles of records and months of reporting lead to eye-opening report on Pa. district judges

A yearlong investigation by PennLive and Spotlight PA included a detailed analysis of more than 3.8 million case events, as well as more than 40 interviews.

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Pa. sets modest goal to conduct 8,500 coronavirus tests per day, far fewer than what some experts say is needed

A Harvard estimate says the state should test about 19,000 Pennsylvanians per day — or more than twice the rate of the Wolf administration’s plan.

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Pa. to set coronavirus testing, contact tracing benchmarks just days before gradual reopening is set to begin

The state could need to conduct about 19,000 tests per day and employ as many as 2,000 contact tracers, numbers that far exceed current levels.

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Government watchdog group apologizes for violating Pa. lobbying law

The head of Common Cause Pennsylvania, Micah Sims, accepted full responsibility for the error and the resulting $19,900 fine by the state Ethics Commission.

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Champion of Pa. lobbying disclosure law was fined $19,900 for breaking it

Common Cause Pennsylvania attributed the error to technical difficulties, but state officials disputed that claim.

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The Pa. State Police was warned about possible racial bias in car searches. The agency’s answer? End the research.

Troopers were 2 to 3 times more likely to search black and Hispanic drivers. Officials are unsure if anything was done to address the problem.

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Racial profiling in traffic stops? We won’t know, because Pa. State Police no longer track racial data.

A nationwide survey by Spotlight PA found the Pa. State Police is one of only 11 statewide law enforcement agencies not collecting race data during traffic stops. In response, State Police officials said they would reverse course and resume collection.